The benefits of owning a dog are endless. Research has shown that canines and pets in general, make people happy and improve your heart health. Several factors must be considered when you decide what breed to adopt and make yours or your child’s best four-legged friend. “You have to think about what type of family you have, interaction needs, age, how much time you spend in and outside the house,” Dr. Heather Manfredi, a veterinarian at Lap of Love, says. “But the most important characteristic is temperament,” she adds.